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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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Being about It: Reflections on Advocacy after Incarceration

Being about It: Reflections on Advocacy after Incarceration

(p.392) 80 Being about It: Reflections on Advocacy after Incarceration
Interrupted Life

Martha L. Raimon

Luz Alvarez

Sunshine Brooks

Casey Deas

Lorrayne Patterson

University of California Press

The author, a legal services lawyer, describes in this chapter her work with formerly incarcerated women in two advocacy programs at the Women's Prison Association and Home (WPA) and at the Women in Prison Project (WIPP) of the Correctional Association of New York. The goal of the WPA's program, the Women's Advocacy Project (WAP), is to develop leaders able to craft solutions to the many-faceted challenges facing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Similarly, ReConnect, part of WIPP, trains women in advocacy and leadership. Both programs work to enhance women's natural leadership skills so that they can engage in collective policy advocacy. The participants in both programs have had varying levels of involvement with the criminal justice system, but they share a desire to bring about improvements in criminal justice policies that affect women in and out of jail and prison. The author's principal role in these workshops was to teach participants about family law, especially laws relating to custody and foster care.

Keywords:   Women’s Prison Association and Home, Women in Prison Project, Correctional Association of New York, Women’s Advocacy Project, incarcerated women, ReConnect, advocacy, leadership, criminal justice system, family law

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